Non-fiction studio XTR is partnering with For Sama director Waad Al-Kateab on a documentary feature about the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Refugee Olympic Team.
The film is backed by Joe Gebbia, designer and co-founder of Airbnb. Gebbia is joined as executive producer by Jason Ropell and Nevine Mabro, and by XTR executive producers Justin Lacob and Kathryn Everett.
The doc will follow the team before, during and after the 2020 Games where the award-winning filmmakers are currently on the ground. The Refugee Olympic Team consists of 29 athletes competing in Tokyo, originating from 11 countries and residing in 13 host nations.
“I am so honored to have the opportunity to capture the stories of these inspirational athletes on their way to competing at the biggest sports event in the world,” Al-Kateab said in a release. “So much of their experience I recognize in my own journey as a refugee and I feel very committed to representing their heart, determination and resilience in a way that they deserve. Despite the hardship for anyone leaving their homeland behind, the Refugee Olympic Team stories are a moving combination of ambition, joy and challenges.”
“Our hope for this documentary is to shed light on the global refugee crisis through the lens of these talented athletes who have continued to show immense bravery and strength no matter their circumstances,” Mooser added. “